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Lost Souls

(Star Trek: Destiny #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,620 ratings  ·  185 reviews
The soldiers of Armageddon are on the march, laying waste to worlds in their passage. An audacious plan could stop them forever, but it carries risks that one starship captain is unwilling to take. For Captain Jean-Luc Picard, defending the future has never been so important, or so personal -- and the wrong choice will cost him everything for which he has struggled and suf ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 444 pages
Published December 2008 by Pocket Books
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The destiny of the Federation concludes!

This is the third novel in a “Star Trek” book trilogy named “Destiny”


Going into battle against great odds can be brave or noble – but going into battle without a plan is worse than futile, it’s wasteful.

A multinational fleet of almost 350 ships was forming a line of defense against the Borg at the Azure Nebula.

But, it was a futile action…

…a Borg armada of almost 7,500 cubes (Yes! You read right!) crossed through
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredible conclusion to an epic, thrilling Trek story with some mind blowing reveals about the true nature and origin of the Borg. With the Federation facing imminent and total annihilation, the crews of the Enterprise, the Aventine and the Titan join forces for a much anticipated showdown against the Borg. Descriptions of the Borg collective consciousness and the experience of being devoured by its malevolence, erasing all traces of individuality and freedom are beyond chilling. This series wa ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fitting ending to the trilogy.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
A mediocre read, overly dark, and tarnishing of major Trek characters.
Mary Fan
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*mind blown*
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Trekkies of all stripes
Shelves: star-trek, sf-fantasy
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Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sold-back-to-hpb
Oh golly. No more Borg. Gone forever. Until we decide we want to try to sell books.

Why do I have "Shiny happy people holding hands" running through my head now? Because it turns out all the Borg needed was a big hug? Ugh.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The end of the Federation as we know it. While the three captains, Picard, Dax and Riker try to find a way to save the Federation from the onslaught that 7000 Borg cubes are about to unleash, a fourth story takes us in a different part of the galaxy, some 6000 years ago where we will find the answer to the question "Who are the Borg and how did they come to be?". It is a tale of survival against all odds, but above all else it's a tale of hunger, solitude, frustration, desire, longing to reunite ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
If you don't mind stories that are told in installments, particularly if you LIKE stories that are continued from one book to another without any attempt to make each book independantly readable, then consider this a five-star review; I dock it one star for having no beginning, but rather coming in in the middle of a story.

Even if you like that sort of thing, though, there are caveats to my rating; if you have not been keeping up with all of the various plotlines in the "Next Generation" series,
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Destiny has been a great trilogy. Lost Souls is a lot better than the previous book. Maybe it's because there's a lot more action here and it focuses less on the people lost in time. Although the last book did leave with a great cliffhanger of thousands or Borg coming into Klingon, Federation, and Romulan space.

Speaking of which, Lost Souls has to do more with the Borg and their origins than anything else. Now while this might not be canon, it still made for a good story. Part of me wished it wa
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jenny T
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Three of the Destiny trilogy was heavier than the previous two books, as Our Heroes finally meet the Borg face-to-face and a good deal of the Federation's forces (and worlds) are attacked and destroyed. The origin of the Borg is revealed, and the war will leave everything changed. But while the battles rage, there are some wonderful character developments, some excellent science fiction, and some good Trek.

In other words, the book was everything I'd hoped it would be, and the very complete,
joseph R. Hylton

Yet another wonderful battle with the Borg: Voyager style...yawn. So in one series we find the beginnings of the Borg and the demise of the same said collective in three books. seems a bit rushed to me. Not to mention far fetched. The Borg are taken from extreme pacifism and turned into the power hungry collective by a simple matter of hunger. sorry cant buy it. Even in science fiction there still has to be an element of reality to hold on to. i always saw the beginin
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I try to shy away from Star Trek books, since most are just so poorly written, but I tried my luck and was richly rewarded!

This entire trilogy is just awesome! It's Trek at it's best. Besides the typical trek writing, my other fear was "Oh great, another book about the borg, the Enterprise narrowly escaping and saving the day" but was pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the case (well of course to some degree it was LOL), and along the way, huge things happened that were just awesome.

If you're
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-tng
The end of the Destiny trilogy. The Borg is invading the Federation, and nothing can stop them. It is a real page turning read. We find out the Borgs origin story, and it changes how the Borg is viewed. It's difficult to review without spoiling the book. You need to have read the other Destiny books to really enjoy this. A very good read. ...more
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Crystal Bensley
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favourite in the trilogy. Destiny did not disappoint!
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Archambault
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read a book about the origins of the Borg. Well, I guess that's what I got, but I wish I had just read the "Cliff's Notes" on Memory Alpha instead. So often throughout this trilogy did I want to just give up and quit, but a strange sort of fascination kept me going: how many times would I read the terms "piping-hot" (twice within the space of a couple of paragraphs!) or "rebuked" or "cut and run"? Many, many times, among many other repeated terms. Even worse was the "attractive Euras ...more
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Götterdämmerung, Trek Style

The Destiny trilogy answers the question, "how much stuff/aliens/references can I pack into one piece of fan fiction?" The answers is "a lot."

You get all the captains*: Picard, Riker, (Ezri) Dax, passing references to Janeway and Archer. You get all the aliens*: humans, Klingons, Romulans, Andorians, even aliens whose race was never mentioned in a canon show or film but is part of canon like Efrosians (the President of the Federation in 2293 with droopy moustache and w
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Star Trek Destiny #3: Lost Souls by David Mack concludes the trilogy that began with Gods of Night and continued with Mere Mortals. If you've been following along with my reviews over the last several days you'll recall that I wasn't completely blown away by the last two books and a lot was riding on the final installment. *drumroll* My faith was justified and I was not disappointed! While it did take me ages to read, I definitely enjoyed this one the most. My suspicions about the Borg were conf ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
The amazing conclusion to this excellent trilogy was, by far, the best Star Trek novel I've ever read, and among the best sci-fi I've ever read. The seemingly disparate storylines that went on throughout the trilogy were weaved together for a truly fascinating conclusion. We learn the origin of the Borg and the nature of the Queen, at least in the Litverse. I think that this is a much better story than anything screenwriters could come up with. I was glued to this book the entire time I read it, ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. I did wind up only reading the dialogue in this one (and skipping the battle scenes where everyone dies in the end anyway), and it was much less aggravating. I only read the Caeliar chapters, since it was the only "new" content and THAT part delivered what I was looking for. I actually didn't see the twist (view spoiler) coming until the scene where (view spoiler) ...more
Tanya Turner
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Review for the whole 'Destiny' trilogy.

I read a lot of Star Trek books and tend to rate them internally, so 5* for what I think is a good Trek novel, doesn’t mean it is necessarily a good novel for anyone who isn't a fan. These three books are 1* Trek novels for a reason entirely related to the story, not the quality of the writing. I like Trek when it deals with a whole range of alien cultures, and does not put humankind at the centre of the universe. These novels are absolutely guilty of putti
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just read this, and really liked it. The library only had the 3rd book in the trilogy, so I started at the end, so to speak. I also ended up reading the flashback sections first, as I don't like being thrown out of the action....and it was rather nice, as I knew what happened before the crews of the 3 starships did. (I will say that most people will want to avoid doing this, as it does spoil you, but since I don't mind being spoiled, it worked for me.) It was a little confusing to read about som ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, I'm worried about saying too much about this book in case I spoil it. It brings together the different threads of plot which were started in the first book Gods of Night; this time the flashbacks tell the story of what happened to some of the crew of the starship Columbia who were stranded on the Caeliar city of Mantilis after the destruction of the Caeliar homeworld. They were thrown back in time about 6000 years and struggled to survive where they crashed in the arctic regions of an unkn ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The thrilling conclusion of the Destiny trilogy has our three tenacious captains - Ezri, Riker, and Picard - staring down the barrel of the gun that is 7000+ Borg Ships.

I can easily say that David Mack found a way to make the Borg scary again with this series and I applaud him for building that suspense and tension. (Even though there was also screaming because things seemed hopeless. I'm a fan girl, folks, you should expect nothing less. LOL.) I also appreciate Mack's writing style and his alm
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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Luke Sims-Jenkins
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
This novel isn't perfect, but it has one thing i love about Star Trek and thats hope for the future and compassion.

Let me get this out of the way, the only low point should have been among the most interesting and thats the fate of the Caeliar city Mantalis. I think I wanted to see more about the origins of the Borg through out the centuries, but what we got were long chapters where we knew the inevitable conclusion.

The rest of the novel however is action packed, filled with wonderful characte
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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 36 novels of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies.

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for produced episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), games, and comic books.

Follow him on Twitter @davidalanmack or like his Facebook page.

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